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IMEX America 2018 Recap

IMEX America 2018 Meeting Escrow

Meeting Escrow's CEO, Grant Snider, spent last week at IMEX America, and qualified the trade show as “the best ever since our launch in 2015.” Snider added, “with over $6M in secure transactions to date, clients and suppliers alike are now understanding and embracing the innovative payment solutions we bring to the Meetings Industry”.

Via Northstar Meetings Group - The eighth annual IMEX America ended on a high note on Thursday 18 October. At the show's final press conference, Ray Bloom, chairman of the IMEX Group reported that a record of over 13,000 participants took part in the event, and among them were 6,000-plus attendees including more than 3,300 hosted buyers. Over 70,000 appointments were made, including 64,000 individual appointments and booth presentations -- an increase of 7 per cent. "This was the largest ever IMEX," said Bloom. Over 3,500 exhibitors representing 150 countries were present at the show. A significant factor in the growth of the show was its ability to expand into the adjoining hall. "This created space for the arrival of more than 60 new booths while enabling 81 booths to take larger spaces," said Bloom. The additional space enabled the exhibitors to create immersive experiences that highlighted the creativity and cultures of their destinations.

Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer of theLas Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that IMEX America 2018 had an economic impact of $19 million on the city of Las Vegas.

Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI said that Monday's Education Day attracted 850 attendees and that the 15 sessions that took place on the show floor brought the number up to 1,200 education attendees throughout the show.

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